Shops etc. in Witham in 1995 and 1996, with street numbers

Survey carried out by Janet Gyford in early 1995, with update January 1996

Other posts have similar surveys for 1969, 1979, 1984, 1989, and from 2000 onwards.

This particular survey was mainly carried out to establish the exact names of the shops etc. so that they could be quoted correctly in Witham 1500-1700: Making a Living. Of particular concern was getting apostrophe ‘s’ in the right place at the ends of the names. Titles quoted exactly are put in quotation marks.

Some residential property is included as well if it is intermingled with commercial property

In many cases, where there is an address combining several numbers (e.g. 23-27), the individual addresses are written out afterwards in brackets. This is so that a search for one of the individual addresses might find it. This has not been done for long series of residential numbers.

For the same reason, addresses with a, b etc. in the number have the main number in brackets afterwards, e.g. 5a Newland Street (part of 5 Newland Street).

AddressDescription if anyTitleOccupation
4 Guithavon Street (old building behind 68 Newland Street, recently refurbished, ground floor; empty above)Takeaway“Crumbs”‘Sandwich bar’, takeaway
8 Guithavon Street, (may not be 8; new building north side, west of no. 4)Shop“Russell’s Music” [by January 1996, changed to “Candyrose”]Musical instruments [by January 1996, changed to children’s clothes?]
3 Newland Street (east end, ground floor)Shop“Kempco”Office Supplies
3 Newland Street (west end, ground floor)Takeaway“Fresh Fry”Takeaway, fried food
3 Newland Street (first floor, entrance west end)Salons‘”Jeannas” Hair Design; “Sweenys” the BarbersHairdressing
5 Newland Street (east end)Shop“The Children’s Society”Second hand goods
5 Newland Street (upstairs, door between P and P and Stoffer)Salon???Hairdressing
5 Newland Street (between P and P and Post Office)Shop“Lloyds Chemist”Chemists and dispensary
5 Newland Street, Old Post Office, main buildingEmpty (sorting office behind, with rear access)------
5 Newland Street, High HouseRestaurant“Lian”Restaurant, Chinese
5a Newland Street (east of 5b) (part of 5 Newland Street)Shop“Belson and Sons”Optometrists
5b Newland Street (between 5a and Red Lion) (part of 5 Newland Street)Office“Tudor Employment Agency”Recruitment
7 Newland StreetPublic houseRed LionPublic house
9 Newland Street (ground floor)Shop“Reids” (Woolwich moved from here to 33 in 1990)‘Sandwiches’, takeaway
9 Newland Street (first floor; access at rear is 5 Collins Lane)Office“Witham Letting Services”Property Letting Agency
11 Newland StreetRestaurant“Starburger”Restaurant
11 Newland Street (first floor: access at rear is 3 Collins Lane)Salon?“Witham Health and Beauty Centre”Salon?
13 Newland StreetShop“Michelle” (Countryfresh closed April 1990)“Floral Design”
29 Newland StreetShop [by January 1996, changed to being empty]“49p and 99 p” [by January 1996, changed to being empty]Miscellaneous [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
31 Newland StreetShop“Health Foods”Health food and remedies
33 Newland StreetBuilding society“Woolwich Building Society” (since 1990, moved from 9)Building society
35 Newland StreetShop“Woolworths”Miscellaneous
37 Newland StreetShop (and entrance to Grove Centre)“Greenwoods”Menswear
Newland Street, White Hart (no number)Public house and hotelWhite HartPublic house and hotel
39-41 Newland Street (39 Newland Street, 41 Newland Street)Shop“Gallants”Outdoor clothing, camping, etc.
43 Newland StreetBetting office“Coral”Betting office
45 Newland StreetShop“Homestyle by Fads”Decorating goods etc.
47-49 Newland Street (47 Newland Street, 49 Newland Street)Public house and hotelSpread EaglePublic house and hotel
51 Newland StreetShop“Sue Ryder shop”Charity shop
53 Newland StreetOffice [by January 1996, changed to being estate agent]“Anglia Motor Insurance” [by January 1996, changed to being empty] “Spicer McColl”]Motor insurance [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
53a Newland Street (first floor)Office [by January 1996, not there]“Roy Belsham” [by January 1996, not there]Architect [by January 1996, not there]
53b Newland Street (first floor)Office“Balch and Balch”Chartered surveyor
55 Newland StreetBank“TSB Bank”Bank
57 Newland StreetBank“Midland Bank”Bank
59 Newland StreetBank“Barclays Bank plc”Bank
61 Newland StreetOffice and meeting roomTown Hall (Witham Town Council). Tourist information (ground floor front)Local government office, meeting rooms, information,  etc.
63b Newland Street (west end, under filled-in arch)ShopR.S.P.C.A.Miscellaneous
63 Newland Street (west end, main premises)Shop“Mondy”Ironmongers, hardware
63a Newland Street (east end of 63)Shop“The Metson Partnership” [by January 1996, changed to “Picturesque”]Estate agents [by January 1996, changed to photographic and processing services]
65 Newland StreetOffice“Bawtree and Sons”Solicitors
67a Newland Street (east of 67b) (part of 67 Newland Street)Empty(formerly “Bristol and West Building Society”)---
67b Newland Street (west of 67a) (part of 67 Newland Street)Estate agent“Woolwich Property Services”Estate agent
83 Newland StreetEmpty(formerly “E.T.Gilbert (bakers) Ltd”)---
85 Newland StreetEmpty(formerly “E.King and Son (jewellery)---
87-89 Newland Street (87 Newland Street, 89 Newland Street)Office“F.H.Bright and Son”Solicitors
91 Newland StreetEmpty [by January 1996, changed to office](formerly Braintree and Witham Times office; soon to be incorporated into F.H.Bright with 87-89) [by January 1996, changed to part of F.H.Bright]Empty [by January 1996, changed to part of solicitors]
93 Newland StreetEstate agent and Building society [by January 1996, changed to just estate agent]“Abbotts”, with “N & P Building Society” (combined office) [by January 1996, changed to just Abbotts]Estate agent and building society [by January 1996, changed to just estate agent]
95 Newland StreetBankNational Westminster BankBank
99 Newland StreetBank“Lloyds Bank”Bank
101 Newland StreetRestaurant“Witham’s Authentic Indian Take-away” [by January 1996, changed to “Dhaka Brasserie”]Restaurant, Indian
103 Newland StreetTravel agent“The Co-op Travel”Travel agent
103-105 Newland Street 113 Newland Street (103 Newland Street, 105 Newland Street, 113 Newland Street)Department storeCo-opDepartment store
115 Newland StreetShop“Art Framers of Witham”Cards, pictures and picture framing
117 Newland StreetTakeaway“The Witham House”‘Chinese food to Take away’
119 Newland StreetEmpty(previously Witham Town Council who are now at 61)---
121 Newland StreetOffice“jdr (Insurance Brokers) Ltd.”, “jdr (Financial Services) Ltd.”Insurance and finance
123 Newland Street (up alley) (main building)Office and studioParagraph GraphicsDesign
125 Newland Street (written on door at left side of 127, on way up to 123)Empty(being refurbished)---
127 Newland Street (the Gables)Empty [by January 1996, changed to part of surgery](being refurbished) [by January 1996, changed to part of surgery][by January 1996, changed to part of doctors’ surgery]
129 Newland StreetSurgeryDoctor’s surgeryDoctors’ surgery
131-135 Newland Street (in yard) (131 Newland Street, 133 Newland Street, 135 Newland Street)???---???
137-139 Newland Street (137 Newland Street, 139 Newland Street)Betting office [by January 1996, changed to two premises, one betting office and one formerly a shop]“Chase Racing” [by January 1996, changed to “Chase Racing” (probably 137) and empty (probably 139) (formerly Specialist wine merchants)]Betting office [by January 1996, changed to two premises, one betting office and one formerly a shop]
141 Newland StreetSurgeryDental Surgery (J.P.E.Goold et al.)Dental surgery
143-147 Newland Street (143 Newland Street, 145 Newland Street, 147 Newland Street)Empty site; buildings demolished(143 was formerly Poseurs, clothes)---
149-151 Newland Street (149 Newland Street, 151 Newland Street)ShopMotormaniaCar accessories
153 Newland Street, The SwanPublic houseThe SwanPublic house
155-157 Newland StreetWorkshop“Ginetta House”? whether still used
2 Newland Street, Newbury HouseHouse---Residential
4 Newland Street, Avenue HouseHouse---Residential
6 Newland StreetSurgery“Paul F.Duvoisin”Dental surgery
8 Newland StreetHouse---Residential
10 Newland StreetHouse---Residential
12 Newland Street (part)Office“Malcolm G.Smith”‘Insurance Consultants’
14 Newland Street (at rear)House---Residential
16 Newland Street, Roslyn HouseOffice“J.Rothschild”Insurance
18 Newland StreetLibraryWitham LibraryLibrary
20 Newland Street, Tiptree VillaHouse---Residential
22-26 Newland Street (22 Newland Street, 24 Newland Street, 26 Newland Street)Houses---Residential
28 Newland StreetShop“Ritz” [by January 1996, changed to Blockbuster]Video hire
30 Newland StreetShop“Pollards”Clothes
32 Newland StreetTravel agent“Witham Travel Limited”Travel agent
34 Newland StreetShop“GK’s Motor Factors”Car accessories
36 Newland StreetPublic houseThe GeorgePublic house
38 Newland StreetShop“Eastern Electricity”Electrical goods and payment centre
40 Newland StreetShop“Lisa Marie”Ladies’ clothes
42-44 Newland Street (42 Newland Street, 44 Newland Street)Shop“Boots”Chemist and pharmacy
46 Newland StreetShop“Celebrations”‘Cards for all occasions’
48 Newland StreetShop“Sketchley”Dry cleaning
50 Newland StreetShop“Martin”‘The Newsagent’, sweets, etc.
52 Newland StreetShop [by January 1996, changed to being empty]“Foster Brothers” [by January 1996, changed to being empty]Men’s clothing [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
54 Newland StreetOptician [by January 1996, changed to being empty]“Harrison and Stanley” [by January 1996, changed to being empty]Optician [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
56 Newland StreetShop“Olivers Shoes”Shoes
58a Newland Street (i.e. east end of 58) (part of 58 Newland Street) (part of original building)Estate agent“Bairstow Eves”Estate agent
58 Newland Street (i.e. west end of 58) (part of 58 Newland Street) (part of original building)Shop [by January 1996, changed to being empty]“M.R.Specials” [by January 1996, changed to being empty]Miscellaneous [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
60 Newland Street (has ‘60’ on it)Shop“Howards FashionsClothes
62 Newland StreetShop“Emmelle”Sports goods
64 Newland StreetShop“Radio Rentals”Television sales and hire
66b Newland Street (i.e. east end of 66) (part of 66 Newland Street)Funeral service“Bakers Funeral Service”Funeral service
66 Newland Street (i.e. west end of 66, ground floor)Estate agent [by January 1996, changed to being empty]“Jonathans” [by January 1996, changed to being empty]Estate agent [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
68 Newland StreetEmpty(formerly Keith Prowse, travel)---
70 Newland StreetShop and post office“Martin” “Witham Post Office”Newsagent, confectioner etc.
72 Newland StreetTravel agent“John Hilary” [by January 1996, changed to “A.Mays”]Travel agent
74-76 Newland Street (74 Newland Street, 76 Newland Street)Shop [by January 1996, changed to being empty]“Rumbelows” [by January 1996, changed to being empty]Electrical goods [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
78 Newland StreetFuneral service“Richards”Funeral service
78c Newland Street (west of 78) (part of 78 Newland Street)Shop“Michelle”Florist
80 Newland StreetShop“Mellons”Wallpaper and decorating
82-84 Newland Street (82 Newland Street, 84 Newland Street)Shop“Coopers”Drapery, haberdashery etc.
86 Newland StreetShopCelebration Cake ArtsCake decoration accessories etc.
88 Newland StreetShopL.Holt (Butchers) Ltd.‘Butcher and Fishmongers, Poultry, Game’
Newland Street (between 88 and 90)ChurchUnited Reformed ChurchChurch
90-92 Newland Street (90 Newland Street, 92 Newland Street)Shop“Byford and Son”Furniture, china, etc.
94 Newland StreetSalon“Silhouette du Barry”Hairdressers
96 Newland Street (ground)Building societyAnglia Building SocietyBuilding society
98 Newland Street (ground) (part)Estate agent“Nationwide”Building Society
98 Newland Street (ground) (part)Shop“Hospice Shop”Second-hand goods
100 Newland StreetHotel [by January 1996, changed to being empty]Batsford Court Hotel [by January 1996, changed to being empty]Hotel [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
104 Newland StreetShop [by January 1996, changed to being empty]“Witham Video” [by January 1996, changed to being empty]Video hire [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
106 Newland StreetOffice“R.Pipe”Insurance
102-116 Newland Street, Newland Court (east of no. 118)Flats, sheltered accommodationNewland CourtResidential
118-120 Newland Street (118 Newland Street, 120 Newland Street)ShopHighway Bookshop
(Sylvia Saunders till June 1998)
124 Newland StreetShop“Pharmacy”Chemist and pharmacy
126-128 Newland Street (126 Newland Street, 128 Newland Street)Empty(formerly E.G.Coates, electrical goods)---
130 Newland Street (including former forge)Public houseThe CrotchetPublic house
132 Newland StreetShop [by January 1996, also takeaway round corner in Mill Lane]“A.J.M.Glass”, “Witham Glass Centre” [by January 1996, also Tommy Tucker round corner in Mill Lane]Glass [by January 1996, also fast food takeaway round corner in Mill Lane]

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